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30 Day Pizza Diet

Get slimmer by the slice.

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The 30-Day Pizza Diet was created by none other than pizza shop owner Matt McClellan, who owns Tour de Pizza, an award-winning pizza restaurant in Florida. Matt decided to embark on this experimental diet because he kept getting hassled by his gym for giving out pizza coupons. Due to most diets viewing pizza as one of those off-limit foods, he decided to show people that pizza could be healthy.

In 30 days, Matt was able to lose 24 pounds and lower his body fat percentage by 10 percent. He was also able to lower his cholesterol, blood pressure and lose inches from his body. On the diet, you eat nothing but pizza for 30 days. Each day about eight slices are allowed over a 12-hour period totaling about 2,500 calories. Toppings include chicken, broccoli, avocado, pineapple and mushrooms along with skim milk cheese. Red meat and pork are not allowed.

Exercise is strongly encouraged.

PRO
  • Debunks myth that pizza is an off-limits diet food
  • Encourages exercise each day
CON
  • Mono-food diets don't work
  • Fits criteria of a fad diet
  • Worked for one person, may not work for others
  • Calories are quite high for most who are trying to lose weight
  • Those with gluten or dairy allergies will have to modify diet
  • Lots of differences among the nutrition content of pizza
  • Permission of all kinds of beverages will add significant amounts of empty calories
DIET and NUTRITION

The 30-Day Pizza Diet guidelines are fairly simple: Just as it sounds, you’re eating nothing but pizza for 30 days straight. With a target of 2,500 calories per day, you are suggested about eight slices within a 12 hour period. Pizza slices must be thin crust.

Some of the acceptable toppings on your pizza include:

  • Skim milk cheese
  • Broccoli
  • Chicken
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Avocado
  • Pineapple
  • Mushrooms

Meat, pork and other high-fat toppings like extra cheese are excluded. Alcohol, sodas and other beverages are allowed.

EXERCISE

While on the pizza diet, the mastermind behind the diet engaged in 60 minutes of exercise each day alternating between cardio and weight training.

CONCLUSION

The 30-Day Pizza Diet started out as a way to prove that pizza can be part of a healthy diet. While this diet was successful for one person's weight loss, its high calorie content, lack of pizza type and size guidelines, mono-food emphasis and its overall fad nature are not likely to be a long-term solution to healthy weight loss.

Common Misspellings

pizza deit, pizza dits, pizza diet, tour de pizza diet


Related Diets: Prevention's Peanut Butter Diet, Baby Food Diet, Banana Diet, McDonalds Diet, The Hot Dog Diet


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AAnderson

this one sounds like a bit of a ridiclous fad but since I love pizza I reLLY HAVE TO GIT IT A CHANCE AND HOPEFULLY I LOSE A FEW LBS THEN GO ON TO A MORE SENSIBLE SAFE HEALTHY EATING REGIMEN.

posted Sep 28th, 2011 4:18 pm


pizzaface

i use to be on this diet i think in NYC. i would get one slice of meat with veggies pizza everyday.. just one slice probably around 500-750 calories.
had protein, veggies, whole wheat dough... it was def healthy!

posted Feb 2nd, 2011 4:30 pm


always fat

when I was on Jenny Craig, that's all I ate -- their pizza and I lost the wt, one-two lbs a week, no exercise.

posted Aug 22nd, 2010 12:46 pm


jack

I love pizza and too be honest was kind of on this diet. I ate 1 slice for lunch three times a week. it was a perfect balance of nutrition and protein etc.

posted Jul 10th, 2010 9:05 pm


Joy

I applaud Matt McClellan for showing that pizza doesn't have to be a taboo food. We make homemade pizzas all the time and they are much tastier and better than most available. We use everything but the kitchen sink and we feel better and lost weight as well. We were doing this long before we heard about it in the media.

posted Feb 3rd, 2010 10:36 am


john

I have heard it all... But a pizza diet? Give me a break!

posted Dec 12th, 2009 12:57 pm



   
 

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